“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” – John Lennon
The Bucket List perfectly encapsulates the ideas of fear and love colliding in one place, giving you the opportunity to choose between what could be just a dream or an eventual reality. Turbulences I have experienced over recent years in my personal life unfortunately implicated what I believed I could achieve and the ways in which I challenged myself to make life worthwhile. There is never an easy solution to “get over” something which has set you back but I now believe I’m at a place where I can move forward and embrace the life I am now so thankful for. Writing down my plans seems like a massive leap of faith into the unknown of what I am choosing to begin but something which I am endlessly excited for. I cannot wait to start planning and booking parts of this bucket list. There is no time frame that I have set for myself, studying at the same time means that time has to be dedicated to another part of my life during certain times of the year.
I can’t say that I have ever had to write a blog post before and so if you are reading this now whether you know me personally or not, please be a little patient whilst I get into the swing of things. I also just wanted to add that currently the list may not be mind blowing to anyone nor exciting but I am just laying out the foundations of things that I want to do in the near future, starting next month!
- The simplest but yet hardest starting point on my bucket list is to buy a camera, with the help of a few friends and their advice plus months of research I am now just deciding between the Canon 5D mark III and the Nikon D500. As a student it’s very obviously financially a struggle, setting me back a few thousand, but after working a number of odd jobs throughout the year and saving money from my parents (which was supposed to be spent on university) it’s become something just within my reach. Mentally it also has it’s challenges too, I know that once it arrives I need to then complete what I set out to do, no turning back or changing my mind. My plan was to set up a blog, a youtube and Vimeo channel and create short films inspiring people to travel the world.
- I think a very popular option for anyone to have on their bucket list is to skydive, made slightly harder for me by a joint condition however something I plan on doing anyway. Heights are not something I fear too much so, the reason why it’s featured on here is because I would like to do it for Alzheimers society and raise money and awareness for a condition that has affected a number of people around me, including my lovely Grandma.
- Very obviously through what I have said in this first blog post I would just love to travel the world. Vietnam is the main destination on my Bucket List, having never been to Asia before but also knowing a great deal about the history of the country makes me excited to learn more and grow my knowledge and experiences surrounding both their past and present day lives.
So this is where I am beginning, be it a short list at the present moment I can assure you it will grow rapidly. I hope to be able to document everything through the good the bad the scary and the wonderful and would love to have as many of you along with me, be it one or two people. If you would like to join me on any of my travels too please feel free to get in touch as a travel buddy is always welcome, especially if you are planning to document and film too when you go.
See you later,